Industry Ink: SESAC, Charlie Daniels, Amy Speace, NATD

SESAC Songwriter Series Features Four

(L-R): SESAC’s Zach Green, Emily Ann Roberts, Alex Kline, Allison Veltz, and David DeVaul

SESAC hosted its monthly SESAC Presents Songwriter Series at the Bluebird Café on Tuesday, Aug. 6, featuring four affiliate songwriters, Emily Ann Roberts, Alex Kline, Allison Veltz, and David DeVaul.


Charlie Daniels To Host Second Patriot Award Dinner

Charlie Daniels has announced the second “Charlie Daniels Patriot Award Dinner” to be held on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at The Palm Restaurant in Nashville. The evening will feature remarks by Command Sergeant Major Bennie Adkins (US Army, retired). Adkins is a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Additional special guests include high profile military officers Eddie Gallagher, Michael Flynn, Mark “Oz” Geist and former NYC Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik. Daniels and Darryl Worley are also slated to perform. All proceeds from the evening benefit The Journey Home Project.


Amy Speace Hosts Listening Event For ‘Me And The Ghost Of Charlemagne’

(L-R): Don Henry, Jon Vezner, Kathy Mattea, Amy Speace

Amy Speace hosted a listening event Wednesday night for her upcoming album, Me and the Ghost of Charlemagne, due out Sept. 6. The intimate gathering at The Nations’ Welcome to the 1979 Studio featured a selection of tracks from the album and guests including Don Henry, Kathy Mattea, Jon Vezner and Mary Gauthier. 



(L-R): NATD Membership Chair Zach Farnum, Todd Cassetty, Leslie Fram, Jordan Pettit, NATD President Steve Tolman, Phil Guerini; Photo Credit: Larry Butler for NATD

Executives from three major platforms spoke at the Nashville Association of Talent Directors’ Speaker Series on August 6 at the CMA Event Space on Music Row. Leslie Fram, SVP of Music Strategy and Talent for CMT, Phil Guerini, VP Music Strategy Disney Channels Worldwide and GM, Radio Disney Networks and Jordan Pettit, Director of Artist Relations & Programming Strategy for Opry Entertainment Group spoke on a panel to NATD members and guests in a conversation around the strategic pathways available to developing artists. The panel was moderated by Cassetty Entertainment’s Todd Cassetty, an industry exec who has worked extensively with each of the panelists on developing acts. The Valory Music Co./Tape Room Records’ newly signed Avenue Beat performed two songs off their recently released self-titled EP as well at the event.

The Nashville Association of Talent Directors has announced seven honorees who will be recognized at the 9th Annual NATD Honors Gala scheduled for Nov. 19 at the Hermitage Hotel. Tickets for the gala can be purchased hereHonorees being awarded for their accomplishments and service to the Nashville entertainment industry include: (In Memoriam) Former CEO of Capitol Christian Music Group Bill Hearn, publishing and radio legend fondly nick-named “the Mayor of Music Row” Charlie Monk, recently retired GM of the Nashville Municipal Auditorium Bob Skoney, head of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp since 1991 Butch Spyridon, legendary music agent Bonnie Sugarman, Premier Global Productions and Country Thunder’s Troy Vollhoffer and the best-selling and most-awarded female gospel artist of all time CeCe Winans.


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